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Troubled roads remain after deep freeze lifts

PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The big weather event is over, but the troubles remain.

All morning, Kalamazoo County deputies responded to slide-offs and accidents, and while school is back in session, districts are still struggling to get buses safely around town.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office says we're seeing the worst road conditions of the week right now, because more people are on the roads and warmer temperatures are causing things to melt, only to re-freeze again.

"We want to make sure kids are as safe as possible, whether in the country or in the suburbs," said Portage Assistant Superintendent of Operations Ron Herron.

Some roads in the district have yet to be properly cleared, and Herron says this morning one bus did get stuck in the snow.

"We've driven a lot of cul-de-sacs and bus stops and obviously there's a lot of snow built up in neighborhoods," he said. "We're trying to adjust our stops and make these necessary change to keep the kids safe as much as possible."

Undersheriff Paul Matyas says deputies have been busy all day with slide-offs and accidents.

"The roads have been plowed, but it's so cold, you can't put any salt down; so now that snow has become a sheet of ice," Matyas said.

Now, both schools and law enforcement are bracing for more wicked weather this week--a warm-up with the possibility of freezing rain.

"We'll try to keep an eye on that and try to keep ahead of it," Herron said of the weather situation.

For his part, Matyas advised drivers "leave early and slow down."